3/21/2019 12:57:00 PM Hearing for freeway
shots-fired incident March 27
A 26-year-old Forest Lake man is due in court for an omnibus hearing March 27, after being arrested March 1 for allegedly shooting a nine millimeter handgun at an occupied truck, on I-35 near Wyoming.
Trinidad Garcia was charged with three felony counts of assault, possessing firearm and/or ammunition as a convicted felon, and “drive-by” shooting toward an occupied vehicle.
Garcia has convictions in 2012 in Ramsey County for second degree assault and 2018 in Dakota County for third degree assault, according to the court file, and is prohibited from owning a gun.
Emergency dispatch recived a cal about 1:35 p.m. March 1 that a pickup truck had been shot at by a passing car on I-35. A State Patrol unit was positioned on the freeway in that vicinity and the Trooper observed Garcia’s car, which matched the description of the the car carrying the alleged shooter, go into the ditch.
State Trooper Zafke approached Garcia still in the disabled car and Wyoming Police Sgt. Rod also arrived on scene. A SCCY CPX-2 nine millimeter handgun was located in Garcia’s pocket. Records indicate the gun was reported stolen from Inver Grove Heights in November 2018.
Wyoming Officer Columbus arrived and communicated with the 43-year-old driver of the truck that had been shot at. The truck driver had pulled over, and advised officers he was not hurt. There reportedly was a bullet hole observed in the passenger’s side door. The truck driver explained he’d been northbound on the freeway and Garcia’s BMW passed on the right, he heard a pop and felt something hit the door.
The search of Garcia’s car revealed a shoebox with $11,481.